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Fair Housing law is designed to prevent housing discrimination. The primary housing discrimination law, the Federal Fair Housing Act, prohibit discriminatory practices that may impact the ability of protected classes to live in the housing of their choice. The Fair Housing Act concerns applies to home rental, sales, insurance, advertising, and loans, as well as Home Owner Association enforcement of covenants. Under certain circumstances some protected class members may be excluded from particular housing sites.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits:

  • Discriminatory advertising
  • Refusing to show, lease, sell, or transfer housing, or refusing to receive or transmit an offer to buy, rent, or lease housing
  • Causing unequal terms, conditions, and privileges of housing, including the use of financial assistance for the purchase, construction, or maintenance of housing
  • Segregation and/or separation in housing
  • Aiding and abetting in unfair housing practices or preventing any person from complying with fair housing practices

Protected Classes include:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Familial Status (generally children under 18)
  • National Origin
  • Sex
  • Disability (mental and physical)

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The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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